42. Bailiffs, enforcement agents and stewards.

42.     Bailiffs, enforcement agents and stewards.

Prior to the abolition of the common law right to distrain for arrears of rent and the introduction of commercial rent arrears recovery1 under which landlords of commercial premises may take control of a tenant's goods to recover rent payable under the lease2, a bailiff authorised to distrain had implied authority to receive the rent, although a man left in possession by the bailiff had no such implied authority3. It is likely that an enforcement agent performing commercial rent arrears recovery, to whom a debtor pays the amount outstanding in full